International Court of Justice (ICJ) Judicial Fellowship Program 2023


Judicial Fellowship Program of the International Court of Justice (ICJ): The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is accepting applications for the 2023–2024 Judicial Fellowship Program.

Application Deadline: 5th February 2023

The judicial fellowship programme of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is as follows

By actively integrating participants in the work of the Court and giving them the chance to gain experience under the supervision of a judge, the initiative seeks to strengthen participants’ awareness of international law and of the Court’s processes. Beginning in early September and ending in June or July of the following year, each participant is paired with a judge for a period of around ten months. Participants can anticipate being involved in other aspects of the Court’s work during this time, the specifics of which will depend on the docket of the Court and the judging style of the judge to whom they are assigned. Participants can also anticipate attending public hearings of the Court, conducting research and writing memoranda on legal issues or factual aspects of pending cases, and participating in other aspects of the Court’s work. Assisting the judge with conferences, speeches, and other tasks is another possible aspect of the job. Participants will collaborate with an associate legal officer, who works for the UN for two to four years and serves as each judge’s principal legal advisor.

Type: Fellowship

Eligibility: For the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Judicial Fellowship Program 2022/2023, The Court looks in particular for candidates who have excellent results in their law studies and who have studied, published or worked in international law. To be eligible, candidates should be 31 years of age or younger at the time the programme begins. This requirement may be waived in special circumstances. In making its selection, the Court seeks candidates of diverse nationalities.

Selection: The Judicial Fellowship Programme was established to enable recent law graduates to gain experience working at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Candidates are nominated and sponsored by their universities.

Eligible Countries: All

To be Taken at (Country): The Hague, The Netherlands

Number of Awards: The programme is highly selective. The Court accepts up to 15 participants a year, generally with no more than one from each nominating university.

Value of International Court of Justice (ICJ) Judicial Fellowship Program: Each nominating university must agree to fund the stipend, health insurance and travel costs of its candidate, if selected. Although the Court does not stipulate the amount of the stipend to be paid, it should be sufficient to provide for a minimum standard of accommodation and subsistence in The Hague and should ensure that the selected candidate can benefit fully from his or her experience at the Court without the burden of financial hardship. The fellowship is not a self-funded internship, and candidates without adequate financial support from their nominating university will not be eligible. The Court will facilitate visas, if necessary, and provide working facilities, but it cannot offer financial support.

How to Apply for International Court of Justice (ICJ) Judicial Fellowship Program: Universities which accept the above conditions and wish to nominate candidates to participate in the programme are invited to fill out the form below. Kindly note that only universities which respond in the affirmative to all of these questions will be eligible to participate in the programme and receive further application instructions. Candidates will be asked to submit the following application materials through their universities:

  • Letter from the university agreeing to sponsor the candidate;
  • Application form and summary table, filled in by the candidate;
  • Two or three letters of reference;
  • Official academic records of the candidate;
  • One writing sample of no more than 15 pages.

The Court does not accept applications from individuals.

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